Your 33 Black Angels
Best known for raucous late-night shows at Brooklyn's DIY venues with as many as 4 guitars, two drummers, keyboards and a rotating cast of guest musicians, Your 33 Black Angels are supporting their newest album, Moon and Morning Star, out now on iTunes and available on 12" vinyl.
"They have a distinctly New York take on psychedelic pop, piling on distortion, delay, and reverb, where they reference past local institutions like the Velvet Underground in their lysergic-sopped drones." MTV Hive www.mtvhive.com
"Your 33 Black Angels offer tuneful, vaguely new-wavey guitar pop." Timeout NY
"Y33BA obviously has something for everyone." Houston Press
Their massive, always-changing lineup consists of JW (guitar, vocals), D. Rosato (guitar, vocals), A. Gerard(guitar, vocals), S. Sunshine (bass guitar), JOC (drums), B. Kast (mouth harp, guitar, words), JR (keys, squeezebox), G.Wanderson (drums) and many others.
One chord – that's all it takes. Play it long and hard, flip it over and pull it apart, drag it through the gravel and mud, and you've got rock 'n' roll. This is its danger and mystery – its promise. The Archive believes in this. But they're not trying to strip the music down, throw pieces of it away, or hollow anything out. They're not trying to go back to anything. The Archive isn't an argument for anything but itself. The band is after a new kind of psychedelia, one dedicated to the notion that Appalachian folk music was the original one-chord rock 'n' roll, the first head trip. That you can turn the guitars loud, drench the room in reverb, and transform those Southern mountain melodies into something strange and wonderful – something barely recognizable. That the difference between Gillian Welch and U2 isn't as great as we might have supposed. That a melody that resolves might be the most psychedelic of all.